Synonyms of bug in English:


See US English definition of bug

See UK English definition of bug

See Spanish definition of chinche


1‘bugs were crawling everywhere’

insect, flea, mite, midge
informal creepy-crawly, beastie
British informal minibeast

2‘he went down with a stomach bug’

illness, ailment, infection, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, malady, complaint, upset, condition, infirmity, indisposition, malaise
bacterium, germ, virus, bacillus, microorganism, microbe
British informal lurgy

3‘he caught the journalism bug at an early age’

obsession, enthusiasm, craze, fad, mania, rage, passion, fixation
hobby, interest, pastime
informal thing

4‘the bug they planted on O'Brien's phone malfunctioned’

listening device, hidden microphone, receiver, transmitter, wire, wiretap, phone tap, tap
informal bugging device

5‘the program we used developed a bug’

fault, error, defect, flaw, imperfection, failing, breakdown
informal glitch, gremlin
British informal snarl-up


1‘she fears that her conversations were bugged’

record, tap, listen in on, eavesdrop on, spy on, overhear
wiretap, tap, monitor, phone-tap
informal snoop on

2‘if there's one thing that really bugs me, it's fussy eaters’

annoy, irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
enrage, infuriate, madden, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke
informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get someone's goat, rattle someone's cage, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red
British informal wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, give someone the hump
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
New Zealand informal rark
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
informal, dated give someone the pip, get someone's dander up
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp

please, gratify